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    A Few FAQs About Fastcase 

    Members can access Fastcase and additional search functions through WisBar.org. Click on the Legal Research tab at the top of any page and choose “Fastcase” from the drop-down menu. Members then will be directed to log in to My State Bar. You can gain access 24/7 from any computer connected to the Internet. Using Fastcase is free to State Bar members.
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    Vol. 81, No. 12, December 2008

    A Few FAQs About Fastcase  

    How do I access Fastcase?

    Members can access Fastcase and additional search functions through WisBar.org. Click on the Legal Research tab at the top of any page and choose “Fastcase” from the drop-down menu. Members then will be directed to log in to My State Bar. You can gain access 24/7 from any computer connected to the Internet. Using Fastcase is free to State Bar members.

    The first time a member logs in to My State Bar, your user name is your email address or your State Bar membership number. Your password is the first four letters of your last name and your date of birth (smit07061955). If you need help logging in, please see “Login FAQs” on WisBar.

    What does the Fastcase database include?

    The State Bar subscribes to Fastcase’s national premium plan, which is the most comprehensive plan and usually sells for $995 a year to individuals. State Bar members can access all federal cases going back to 1 U.S. 1, 1 F.2d 1, 1 F. Supp. 1, and B.R. 1., as well as trial court and appellate cases for all 50 states going back to at least 1950. Other Wisconsin sources available are the state statutes, administrative code, constitution, supreme court rules, attorney general opinions back to 1982, and Wisconsin acts since 1989. The database also supplies other resources from other states, such as statutes, codes, constitutions, and so on.

    How often is Fastcase updated?

    Daily. New court opinions usually appear in Fastcase within 24 to 48 hours of their release.

    How long will this member benefit be available?

    The State Bar has entered into a multi-year contract with Fastcase – long enough to assure members that once they get used to Fastcase, they can count on continued access, and short enough so that the Bar can change partners if a better option emerges.

    How can I get help using Fastcase?

    Many users will find Fastcase easy to search with little instruction, but assistance is available. Fastcase provides a downloadable user guide and several brief online tutorials, plus frequent training webinars. Customer assistance is available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., CST, at (866) 773-2782. Calls go directly to someone who can help – no phone-trees, no outsourced call centers. Online help also is available via live-chat.

    Does the State Bar offer other legal research benefits?

    Yes. For State Bar members who need a top-tier legal service provider, LexisNexis offers special packages and pricing. Call the LexisNexis hotline at (866) 836-8116 to take advantage of the benefit. More information about legal research and other member benefits is available at WisBar.org. Click on the State Bar tab at the top of any page and choose Membership & Benefits from the drop-down menu.

    Other questions? Call Nerino Petro of the State Bar’s Practice411 at (800) 444-9404, ext. 6012, or email him at org practicehelp wisbar wisbar practicehelp org.




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